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Guide to eco wedding favors for 2011

Tree Favors for Weddings

 by beconrad

Many couples are choosing to incorporate their love of nature and the environment into every aspect of their wedding celebrations.  From serving organic fruits and vegetables and local grass fed beef at their receptions to throwing bird seed instead of rice outside the church, those couples are choosing to have a positive impact on the environment without sacrificing the beauty of their weddings. 

Couples can take the eco-friendly theme even further by choosing environmentally (more…)

Eco Logic by Jessica Ross- Good-natured Green Thinking

eco-friendly trees for green gifts

The place for Green Gifts

Thank you to Jessica Ross who writes a Blog: Eco Logic by Jessica Ross : Good-natured Green Thinking
December 9, 2010

Looking for a potted Christmas tree like the one I mentioned in yesterday’s post? While I bought a tree at a garden centre, I’m planning to plant that tree in the spring. For those of you keen to reap the benefits of a potted tree – it’s portable, plantable and it doesn’t end up on the curb – you’re in luck.

Perhaps Christmas-tree rental services such as Gift of Green’s are one way to get around the moral conundrum – to cut a tree (then leave it curbside for chipping) or buy a fake one and reuse it for years (and then landfill it when it looks tired)? While many have demonstrated that trees are a renewable resource, and that supporting tree farms is the better way to go (see this link from the Recycling Council of British Columbia for one great take on it), I know many people still agonize over the decision, and that’s why I think potted trees are a great solution.

But if a potted tree isn’t for you, there are other ways to do the green thing this holiday season.

If you’re responsible for corporate gifts, you can give a tree conveniently via Tree Beginnings, which offers native tree seeds in nicely decorated, eco-friendly boxes for just a few dollars each.

If you’re just interested in giving a symbolic tree, or a practical fen’s worth of trees (enough to make a little habitat shelter area), you can give the gift of trees through several local organizations .

What’s your take on the tree debate?

Think about incorporating a “green” element into your Wedding Day for a greener tomorrow. One of the simplest ways is to Plant a Tree!

green wedding ideas

Green Wedding Tips

Today, I’d like to share a helpful article by Merryl Brown

>Here are tips for couples to consider who want to create a more sustainable wedding day:

  • Have a daytime wedding and have at least part of it outdoors in the sunshine or early evening using natural light. When it gets darker, use soy-based or beeswax candles to gently illuminate your tables and LED lighting which is more energy efficient.
  • Choose 100% recycled content, processed chlorine free paper for invitations, place cards, save-the-date cards, programs and menus. You might consider just printing one menu card per table and placing it on a small stand. Similarly, print one program per couple, if you wish to have some type of program. There are many lovely green invitation options to choose from and you can also design great custom invitations with a favorite graphic designer. Find one who can also do beautiful hand letterpress work. Paperless invitations or save the date cards are another eco-friendly option, though they are not right for everyone.
  • Work with caterers who prepare food using local and organic produce, humanely raised beef and poultry, and sustainable seafood. Ask caterers not to use polystyrene, ask that they recycle and that they work hard to generate as little waste as possible as well as use eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Always choose rental items over disposable ones. Make your event lower waste by making this decision. Excess food can be donated to a local shelter or food bank. They will be delighted and so will you!
  • Gorgeous centerpieces are the key to a lovely table! It is possible to do them sustainably and here is how we like to do it. Our floral designers use organic, locally grown flowers, fruits or veggies to create masterful centerpieces. We also incorporate many vintage and antique pieces to create elegant vignettes that are unlike any others that your guests will have seen. Choosing living plants rather than cut flowers is another option that can be done with great style. We donate centerpieces to local nursing homes after our events so that they may be enjoyed again. You can also donate them to shelters or churches in lower income areas where they can be reused and enjoyed for another wedding. Be sure to coordinate this in advance!
  • If you wish to wear vintage clothing and jewelry, or “green fibers” such as hemp, silk, or organic cotton, it is easy to find chic eco-friendly bridal wear. There are many designers working with eco-friendly fibers these days.
  • Consider acoustic music, at least for the wedding and cocktails. It is not difficult to find wonderful local guitarists, harpists, and string ensembles to play and the cost is usually a lot less than hiring a band.
  • Use photographers that use digital photography, which is much more eco-friendly than film.

Deciding to have a green wedding provides you with a wonderful opportunity to educate your guests, should you choose to do so. There are many ways to model sustainability to your guests without offending people who may have different views or priorities. Some people prefer to shout their green philosophies from the rooftops while others prefer the more subtle approach. Much of what you may decide to do to make your event sustainable can be “back of the house”, so the choice to share the sustainability factor is yours.

Merryl Brown is the President of Merryl Brown Events, a Santa Barbara based wedding and event planning company specializing in elegant, classic events created within a framework of environmental and social responsibility. Elegance with intelligence™ is their motto!

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Merryl_Brown

Originally posted 2010-02-03 10:23:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter (more…)

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